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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Democrats on Monday attacked the president's budget for short-changing education programs and accused GOP leaders of stalling for votes.President Bush is requesting $50.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education in fiscal year 2003, which is a $1.4 billion (or 2.8 percent) increase over the 2002 enacted level.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal interest groups are trying to torpedo a plan to add health savings accounts to Medicare drug legislation as a House-Senate conference committee starts negotiations this week.Under the plan already passed by the House, workers and employers would be able to save money in expanded Medical Savings Accounts (renamed "Health Savings Accounts") and new "Health Savings Security Accounts" (HSSAs).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With only four years of political experience under his belt, N.C. Democratic Sen. John Edwards is hoping to win the presidency in 2004. The former trial lawyer formally announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 2, inviting heightened scrutiny of his qualifications and chances for success against a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ignored by the Democratic political establishment, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, Jr. has raised nearly $5 million for a 2004 White House bid, more money than four major candidates whom the Democratic National Committee acknowledges and invites to its events.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush wants $53.1 billion in federal taxes to spend on public education for fiscal year 2004 as part of the record $2.2 trillion budget he sent to Congress on Monday. Democrats are accusing the president of not spending enough.For education, the proposed spending represents an increase of $2.8 billion (or 5.6 percent) over his 2003 spending plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Does California's Republican Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger pose a danger to Democrats at the national level? Some political analysts think so. While the state remains a largely Democratic state that President Bush would likely have trouble winning in 2004, the analysts said Schwarzenegger should be viewed as a force to be reckoned with.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The steel tariffs imposed by the Bush administration one year ago are a roaring success and ought to be kept in place for a full three years, according to steel industry officials. But steel consumers say other industries have suffered big job losses as a result of the protectionist tariffs.Tuesday, Robert S. "Steve" Miller, chairman and CEO of Bethlehem Steel Corporation of Bethlehem, Pa., declared that: "The president's plan is working." Miller is also the director of the American Iron and Steel Institute.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bill Clinton joined other Democratic leaders in opposing the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) a few years back, but now, in the midst of wartime, rank-and-file Democrats are saying they think it's a good idea.Nearly seven out of 10 Democrats said they would feel more secure about America's economic future if the Constitution required Congress to balance the federal budget during peacetime, according to a new poll sponsored by the National Taxpayers Union.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats seem poised to make gains in this year's gubernatorial races, leading some analysts to speculate about how much influence those Democrats might wield in the 2004 presidential election."The most important aspect politically is the implication for presidential elections," said Larry Sabato, University of Virginia political scientist. "Having a governor of your party in charge of a major state is extraordinarily useful to a presidential candidate," especially in terms of fundraising.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of pro-life groups is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its Sept. 2000 approval of the abortion drug RU-486. In doing so, the pro-life activists hope to force the Bush administration to take up a politically explosive issue that had been decided by the pro-abortion Clinton administration.The groups argue that RU-486 poses health risks to women that the FDA did not adequately consider before approving the drug.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The campaign under way in California to remove unpopular Democratic Gov. Gray Davis from office is gaining momentum from newfound cash and discontent with the state's projected $38.2 billion budget hole.Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) stepped forward with $100,000 to resuscitate the Recall Davis effort, establishing a new "Rescue California" committee to guide the petition drive to the ballot box.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Having lost by a whisker in the 2000 presidential race, Democrat Al Gore is sending clear signals that if he runs again, he will pursue a more liberal agenda. "He has to thrill their hearts," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said, referring to a strategy in which Gore might need to embrace liberal ideas he avoided in 2000 in order to win his party's nomination again.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political watchers are questioning whether Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) politicized the possible upcoming war with Iraq by accusing the president of doing the very same thing.Daschle blasted Bush on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the latest round of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) assault on pork barrel spending, he's going after earmarks - small ticket special interest projects that lawmakers attach to mega-buck appropriations bills.McCain's plan would change Senate rules to prevent a member of the Senate from attaching unauthorized or non-germane legislation in any general appropriation bill. The measure would also make it easier to strike pork projects from appropriations bills.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's economic stimulus plan, to be unveiled Tuesday, already has economic analysts sparring over the centerpiece of the plan, a tax break for investors who earn income from corporate dividend payments.The Bush administration believes that eliminating or reducing the double taxation of dividend income (by lowering rates or allowing individuals to exclude some dividend earnings from taxable income) would spur investment without severely depriving federal coffers of tax revenue.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Ideas for Cutting Federal Spending Languish as Deficit Rises By Christine Hall CNSNews.com Staff Writer August 28, 2003 (Editor's Note: Clarifies 13th graph to stipulate that Social Security is exempted from House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle's proposed cuts in waste, fraud and abuse.)
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president's fiscal year 2004 budget is drawing criticism from Democrats and state lawmakers who want more federal cash from the federal government to plug massive budget holes projected in two-thirds of the 50 states.States are facing a cumulative budget gap of $25.7 billion for Fiscal Year 2003, due in part to a bad economy, lower tax revenue, and high Medicaid and homeland security costs.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After his late entry into the Democratic primary race, retired Gen. Wesley Clark has zoomed to the top of some primary poll match-ups. But in New Hampshire, the first state to host a primary, Clark is trailing in third place. That could put Clark at risk nationally, said Andy Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. "Immediately [after the January 27 primary, the candidates] have to disperse themselves across the country, run essentially tarmac campaigns, and TV advertising," Smith said.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After failing to overcome an historic Democratic filibuster of a presidential judicial nominee, Senate Republicans say they'll hold repeated cloture votes until Democrats relent to an up-or-down vote on the nomination."I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge," said President Bush in a written statement following the morning vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - War may be hell, but for Congress, war can also mean new opportunities to load the federal budget with pork.The group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has come up with prime examples - $350,000 for sweet potato research in Stoneville, Miss., $631,000 for alternative salmon products in Alaska, $4,214,000 for shrimp aquaculture research spread across several states - that it says are part of a record amount of federal tax dollars being spent on congressional pork.